Stand Up Guys (2013)
Casino Jack (2010)
The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)
Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009)
"Bob Hoskins looks just right as kind old Mr. Fezziwig, but that may be more of a testament to the actor's physiognomy than to the motion-capture process, which makes most of the film's cast look like they just sauntered out of Madame Tussauds."
Michael Jackson's This Is It (2009)
"To remember Jackson's singing voice at its finest, put his albums on; if you want to experience his breathtaking talent as a dancer and showman, in what would turn out to be the final weeks of his life, well, This Is It."
Gentlemen Broncos (2009)
Astro Boy (AstroBoy) (2009)
"Gere and McGregor are fine actors, but Nair uses them like the expendable males (Zachary Scott, Franchot Tone, et al) who stood back and let Bette Davis and Joan Crawford do all the heavy lifting back in the day."
Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
"Were it not for Michelle Monaghan's convincingly dirt-under-the-fingernails performance in the title role, there would be absolutely nothing about the film to distinguish it from dozens of other movies."
An Education (2009)
The Invention of Lying (2009)
"There are a few funny bits sprinkled throughout, but the premise of the movie never goes anywhere particularly interesting, even with the potentially outrageous subplot regarding religion as an outgrowth of chicanery."
Whip It (2009)
A Serious Man (2009)
"Thanks to the blitheringly awful script -- credited screenwriter Allison Burnett disavows it, and he willingly put his name on Feast of Love and Untraceable -- we barely get to know any of the young lead characters."
Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)
Jennifer's Body (2009)
The Informant! (2009)
"Marvin Hamlisch's goofy score all but bruises your ribs by jabbing you with "isn't this hilarious?" wackiness, but ultimately the cast plays it so straight that to respond with laughter almost feels like chuckling at a funeral."
I Can Do Bad All By Myself (2009)
"While the grim and gritty post-apocalyptic setting -- call it Industrial Blight and Tragic -- make this PG-13 title very much not for little kids, 9 gets a lot of empathy and pathos from its cast of (literally) stitched-together characters."
All About Steve (2009)
"Judge is a brilliant chronicler of social absurdity, workplace humor and that uniquely American brand of doltishness, but he hasn't quite figured out how to channel his observations into sharp storytelling."
The Final Destination (2009)
H2: Halloween II (2009)
"For a filmmaker who began his career with relatively clever and visionary splatter films like House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects, Zombie seems to be pursuing the path of least resistance."
Taking Woodstock (2009)
Post Grad (2009)
World's Greatest Dad (2009)
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
"Even if you wish Tarantino would calm down a bit and rely more on his considerable skills at straightforward storytelling, this World War II saga is undeniably suspenseful, violent and entertaining."
The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)
"I can only imagine that the scenes of a 40-something man getting chummy with his 6-year-old bride-to-be must have played better in the book. On film, it feels like To Catch a Time-Traveling Predator."
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)
Paper Heart (2009)
Julie & Julia (2009)
The Cove (2009)
Funny People (2009)
The Answer Man (Arlen Faber) (2009)